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Mississippi May revenue collections slow

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JACKSON — Mississippi tax collections for May were $107.2 million below what state officials had expected. The shortfall leaves revenue $84.5 million below what officials estimated would be collected through May. The fiscal year ends June 30. While disappointed with the revenue collections, House Appropriations Chair Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, said the state’s fiscal condition is healthy. He says the state ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Sequester fight may lead to next BRAC round

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The sequester – you do remember the controversial budget sequester – has Republican deficit hawks and military hawks squabbling. If the deficit hawks win, military spending will be slashed, impacting military bases and industries throughout the nation. If military hawks win, deficit spending will grow, undermining GOP promises to balance the budget.   The likely outcome of this tussle is ...

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Sen. Thad Cochran marries longtime aide Kay Webber

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U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran — the Mississippi Republican whose 2014 primary campaign drew national attention over an aspiring blogger’s photos of his bedridden wife — has married his longtime aide, his office said Monday. The wedding to Kay Webber took place privately Saturday in Gulfport. The senator’s former wife, Rose Cochran, died in December at age 73 from dementia after ...

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Analysis: Legislative candidates prep for August primaries

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JACKSON — Mississippi politicians are gearing up for a busy summer campaign season. One legislative race worth watching is a Democratic primary that pits two incumbent state senators against each other up north. Another is a Gulf Coast Republican primary in which a senator with statewide ambitions is challenged by a former emergency director who handled local operations during Hurricane ...

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Alabama budget woes: state’s GOP lawmakers look to gambling

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Republicans in both chambers of the Alabama Legislature are looking to gambling as a possible component of a solution to the state’s budget woes. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, filed a bill Tuesday that would authorize a lottery and four casinos. He said it is time to let Alabama voters decide the issue of gambling. ...

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With $200M available, next step is setting emergency bridge fix priorities

By TED CARTER Millions of dollars will soon be on the way to the Mississippi Department of Transportation for a triage effort to repair state bridges that have been neglected to the point farmers and other commercial transporters can no longer use them. MDOT’s three district commissioners must set the priorities for the repairs and spending of the $200 million legislators ...

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House votes to remove graduation requirement to pass tests

JACKSON — The movement to allow Mississippi public high school students to graduate without passing four subject area tests continues to gain steam in the Legislature. The House Thursday voted 119-0 to pass House Bill 665, which would remove the tests in algebra I, biology, English II and U.S. history as a barrier beginning this spring. Students would still have ...

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Bill would duplicate Miss. law on abortion death statistics

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has voted to make the state keep track of how many women die because of abortion. There’s one catch: That requirement has been in state law since 2004. Senate Bill 2043 (http://bit.ly/1zUyjxa ), which passed the Senate on Thursday, tells the state Health Department to establish a Maternal Mortality Review Committee. The group would keep track ...

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House approves recording, concert, theater incentives

JACKSON — House members favor subsidies for people who record music or produce concerts or theater performances in Mississippi. The House voted 110-5 to pass House Bill 907 Thursday, sending it to the Senate. House Tourism Committee Chairwoman Rita Martinson, a Madison Republican, says the measure will lure more recording and concerts to Mississippi. An out-of-state company spending at least ...

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Rethinking Farish Street — Mayor, Jackson city council want to take over redevelopment effort

Jackson’s mayor and City Council say they want to begin calling the shots on redeveloping downtown’s Farish Street. Voicing frustration last week with the years of starts, stops and legal entanglements that have marked the Jackson Redevelopment Authority’s handling of the now-dead redevelopment, Mayor Tony Yarber and the council say they want the entire project “rethought.” And they want to ...

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